Ah, the simple life. I’ve always dreamed of going off the grid, unplugging, living a life less crazed. Some have done this by traveling to the middle of nowhere either for a visit or to start their less hectic life. Others simply go dark on social media. They disconnect for a time to focus on more important things–like what’s beyond the screen. While I’d love to just pick up and move to a remote cabin in the woods, for now I will settle for spending less time on social media and more time, well, being social.
More and more, I’ve noticed that I can’t seem to go five minutes without checking my phone. Whether it’s texting, posting, sharing, or tweeting, I’ve been a bit obsessed. With all the craziness going on in the world now, it’s easy to get caught up in the memes, videos, and articles covering the news. While some of it is inspiring, there’s too much negativity in a lot of these stories and reactions. I don’t need to go into too much detail. Unless you’re reading this from off the grid, 1. You’re not far enough off, and 2. You still know what I’m writing about.
Right now, I’ve set a goal for a week. No Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for seven days*. It’s time to remember what life was like before these distractions even existed. Who knows how hard it will be to disconnect–I’ll sure miss those cute pet videos. But this is for a greater cause. Operation: Off the Grid is a practice in prioritizing what’s important in life. Maybe instead of spending five minutes writing a text, I’ll take up the art of letter writing again. I’m sure shock and awe would follow opening a handwritten note just saying ‘hey’.
On the other hand, this could be one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. I may end up losing all my social media logins for good! Okay, that’s crazy, but if we’ve learned anything from the news this year so far, crazier things have happened.
*if you see a post pop up from Buffer, that’s been scheduled to appear–scheduling before going off the grid is totally safe.